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FLEXO Magazine : November 2012
and succinctly outlined the likely immediate and long-term impact on the business environment, as they put forth step-by-step solutions that were both ready for implementation and designed for success. Among the strategic themes available for adoption: • Do More with Less at MPS and Kodak • Take the Label to the Limit at UPM Raflatac • Adapt and Innovate at Mark Andy • Go Larger at Omet • NEXT: Identical Look and Feel Everywhere at Nilpeter • Solid Efficiency at Nuova Gidue • Better Behavior on Press at Flint • Enhancing Performance at Sun Chemical • High Productivity; Energy Efficiency; Running Cleaner, Longer and Con- sistently—everywhere • ...The list goes on and on Economics and uptime were linked. High speed printing—moving toward 3,000 fpm—specialty substrates, down- gauging of materials, re-engineered product lines, controlled ink curing intensities, high performance adhe- sives; as well as press operator prefer- ences and consumer product company demands for high quality graphics became the talk of the floor. Sustaining growth of the $76 bil- lion industry and healthy green prac- tices were central topics at Labelexpo Americas 2012. The showroom floor was expanded from 170,000 net sq. ft. in 2010 to 185,000 to make room for the 415 exhibitors. The buzz around the showroom floor was palpable, thanks in large part to a number of new features, including a laser die cutting workshop; a package- printing workshop; and press demos galore. Recognizing the environmental awareness that has permeated the in- dustry, Greenwood Fuels helped devel- oped an Ecovillage that gave a presen- tation on how to continue and advance the industry ’s sustainability efforts. “ We have seen quite a lot of traffic,” said Jody Hall, All Printing Resources. “Every edition gets better and this year hasn’t disappointed. It’s a great way to show the industry what we’re doing and where we’re going.” PRODUCT ROUND-UP Flint Group introduced a number of new products during the show. The EkoCure flexo and rotary screen inks for UV LED curing meet the rising need for sustainable print solutions. These inks are specially formulated for UV LED curing using photoinitiators that match narrow and targeted wavelength for UV LED lamp output. The firm also introduced the new UV rotatory screen ink, Combiscreen. Developed for use www.flexography.org november 2012 FLEXO 53